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10 Steps to Protecting Your Ideas Got a great idea? Follow these first steps from SCORE Counselor, Alan Tratner of Santa Barbara, CA. View
Business Plan Template for a Startup Business Writing a business plan is an opportunity to carefully think through every step of starting your company so you can prepare for success. The template includes instructions for each section of the business plan, followed by corresponding fillable worksheet/s. View
60 Second Guides: Finding the Right Business Coach In just 60-seconds, we’ll show you how to select a qualified person to help you achieve your small business goals. View
60 Second Guides: Find a Mentor In just 60-seconds, we’ll show you how to find, develop and nurture a business mentor that will help you through the booms and busts of small business ownership. View
Government Contracting Mentor-Protégé Programs This guide explains how to find and select a good mentor and become a protégé to another business when pursuing government contracting opportunities. It also outlines the qualifications for several federal agency mentor-protégé programs. View
The Three Things Your Business Plan Absolutely Must Have Business columnist Rieva Lesonsky outlines three things you need to consider in order to craft a fresh and effective business plan. View
7 Places to Find Your Own Small Business Mentor No matter what type of business you run, having a “mentor” to help guide you can increase your odds of success. Having a wise, loyal advisor – especially one who’s “been-there, done-that” – is like money in the bank. View
Guide to Mastermind Groups Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, explains the concept of Mastermind groups and gives advice for best practices. View
Quitting Your Day Job Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, lists the 5 signs to knowing you're ready to quit your day job. View
Visa Small Business Spend Insights Q1 - 2012 Visa® Small Business Spend Insights monitors the economic confidence of U.S. small business owners by analyzing Visa spend data and responses to a quarterly survey. Small businesses and those serving them can benefit from the trends and insights obtained from Visa’s proprietary research... View